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Friday, October 30, 2020


avocation is a synonym of hobby

noun [ av-uh-key-shuhn ]

avocation is another word for hobby

An avocation is something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, especially for pleasure. In its earliest uses, avocation referred to a calling away or diversion, as from a more important or serious task, function, or duty. The suggestion of being called away persists in modern usage. A person’s vocation (“occupation or profession”) might be accounting, but they may feel called to paint. Should they do so in their free time, painting would be their avocation.

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vocation + avocation
Writing was both her vocation and avocation; she was able to earn a living from it and she truly enjoyed it.
lifelong avocation
After making his first pie from scratch, he knew baking would be a lifelong avocation.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020


appease is a synonym of satisfy

verb [ uh-peez ]

appease is another word for satisfy

When desires, expectations, or needs are satisfied, they are fulfilled. A hearty meal might satisfy one's appetite (nice and simple!). The verb appease is used a little differently: to appease someone is to calm, pacify, or soothe them. The core idea behind appease is that of preserving or obtaining peace, but the term is not without conflict: sometimes appease suggests making anxious overtures or undue concessions, perhaps at the expense of what one feels is right, to satisfy demands of powerful people or entities.

Commonly found as

try to appease
The intern tried to appease his moody boss by bringing him the daily report first thing each morning.
appease + critics
The announcement of the new policy did little to appease the critics, who were skeptical it would translate into any meaningful improvements on the ground.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020


curb is a synonym of check

verb [ kurb ]

curb is another word for check

No need to check, restrain, or even curb your enthusiasm for today’s Synonym of the Day. To curb something is to restrain or control it. This meaning is rooted in the noun sense of curb, a bit used to control a horse. However, the verb is most commonly used to talk about restricting or limiting negative forces such as violence, corruption, or pollution.

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curb emissions
The city developed an ambitious plan to drastically curb emissions and improve air quality.
help curb
The researcher did everything he could to help curb the spread of misinformation.

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